Zante – a trip to the Flower of the East
The Greek islands offer many destinations for a break full of sun. Many holiday makers use a holiday to Zante to discover the beauty of Greece. Particular highlights are the dreamy beaches and bays, amazing cultural and historical highlights and the luscious plant life. Zante is located off the western coast of Greece. After Corfu and Cephalonia, it’s the third biggest Ionian island. Whatever you fancying doing on your summer holiday: this island has it all. Nature lovers can look forward to a beautiful landscape. Those seeking relaxation can do so on the fine sand by the sea. Animal lovers can go on a diving course and meet the mascots of the island, the loggerhead sea turtles. The Venetians christened the island the “flower of the east” as there are countless plant species here. Botanists’ hearts beat a little faster on this island. As you can see, there’s a lot to experience in Zante. In contrast to many other Greek islands, Zante is less touristic. I’m going to show you the Greek island in a bit more detail so that you’re fully prepared for your holiday to Zante. I’ve also taken care of accommodation for you. On this site you’ll find fantastic offers for hotels, flights and package deals.
The beaches of Zante – perfect for your beach holiday
Crystal clear sea, fine sandy beaches and picturesque bays – this is what attracts sun-hungry holiday makers to Zante. Therefore, the summer season is the most popular time of year to visit the Greek island. The southern part boasts fine, sandy beaches and pretty bays. Laganas is one the biggest and most touristic beaches. Here you can lie back on the sand and top up your tan, bathe in the sea and treat yourself to a refreshment from one of the bars and beach restaurants. A particular highlight waiting for you is Dafni Beach, one of the most beautiful beaches on the island. This is a quiet place for you to relax. In the summer the loggerhead sea turtles hatch their eggs here. The beach is subject to nature conservation and despite the possibility of seeing turtles, not many tourists come here. The reason being is that this secluded beach isn’t as accessible as other beaches.
Those who like water sports and want a change from sunbathing on their holiday to Greece, should go to Banana Beach. The flat beach makes it an ideal place for a trip with children. A tourist highlight is Navagio bay. You can only get here by boat. This place isn’t really famous for being a bathing paradise but more so for the landmark of the island. In the so-called smugglers cove you’ll find an old shipwreck. You shouldn’t miss out on this spectacle and you can obviously take a dip in the cool water. The island impresses with many other picturesque beaches and untouched coves. The beaches of Agios Nikolaos, Makris Gialos, Xigia, Gerakas and the bay of turtles are all worth a visit. The Ionian island is a pure beach paradise!
Sights and activities on your holiday to Zante
The beaches aren’t the only reason many flock to this island. Zante has so much more to offer for all types of holiday makers. The north of the island is the perfect destination for nature lovers and explorers. In comparison to the other regions, this one is a lot more wild. Here you can go on a trekking tour through the mountainous country. Don’t forget your walking boots!
An absolute must is located in the east of the island: The capital of the island, Zakynthos City. Nobody should miss out on a trip here during their holiday. Zakynthos was once under Venetian reign. You can still sense that today. The Venetian Castle on top of the hill stands proudly over the city. Up there you can enjoy breathtaking views of the city. Other buildings of historical and cultural importance are the Church of Panagia Faneromeni and Dionysios of Zakynthos. They rank, along with the municipal theatre and the Dionysios Solomos square, among the most important attractions on your holiday to Zante.
If you’d rather go shopping, then the harbour street is the best place to go. Countless shops line up alongside one another. You’re guaranteed to find a pretty souvenir here for those back home. You’ll find one or two typically Greek refreshments in the numerous restaurants. The harbour street is considered an important attraction for tourists. Equally as popular is the city’s shopping street. Here, it’s not just the city’s hustle and bustle waiting for you, but also beautiful views. The street is adorned with archways where you can take some gorgeous souvenir photos. Diverse museums, St. Mark’s Square with its church, and the freedom statue are other things worth seeing in the island’s capital.
In total, the Greek island has over 30 dive locations at its disposal. In the west of Zante, divers will be in heaven. The rocky coast offers ideal conditions for discovering the beauty of the underwater world. The caves attract divers from all over the world. With a bit of luck you’ll be able to swim alongside the turtles on your dive.
The south of this Greek island is famous for the so-called turtle bay. Here you’ve got the biggest chance of encountering the endangered loggerhead sea turtle on your holiday. During the sea turtle’s breading season some sections of beach are closed for the protection of the animals. From the bay you can take a boat to the island of Marathonissi. Here, the loggerhead sea turtles have the ideal conditions to breed undisturbed. Another keyword for a stay in the south is Laganas. The town is heaving with life. Those looking for great nightlife on their Greek holiday have to come to this town! Countless clubs, bars and fitting hotels attract party-loving tourists.
A spectacular natural highlight on your trip are the blue caves in the northwest. They are located near to Cape Skinari and you can only reach them by boat. These caves and rock formations get their names from the reflections that make the water seem extremely blue. If you’re good in the water then you can swim to the blue caves. Those who don’t visit the caves on their holiday to Zante are missing out.
Hotels in Zante
Holiday makers have been discovering Greece for themselves for a long time now. Zante is one of the most popular Greek islands. The island knows this and is well equipped for all the tourism with many hotels. If you’re planning a trip here then you have the choice of many different places to stay. Instead of massive hotel complexes, you’ll find small hotels and guest houses. Here, you can experience the typical Greek hospitality. On this site I’ll present you with the best hotels in Zante that will make your stay here perfect. The deals don’t just include excellent hotels, but also other services like flights, a food service and much more. You can find great hotels on all parts of the island. You can choose between quiet places that are perfect for the family or hotels in vibrant towns. Regardless of the hotel you choose, you’re guaranteed an amazing holiday in Greece. From your accommodation you can begin a discovery tour of all the regions and interesting places. This way you can take in all the important highlights on your holiday!